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Gibson and Schreibman take aim with TV commercials

The polls aren't close in the 19th Congressional District, but the two candidates are neck and neck when it comes to releasing television advertisements.

U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, and Democratic challenger Julian Schreibman have already taken to the air with competing ads and they're back at it again.

The second ad from Schreibman went live today and it keeps attacking Gibson's record, as did his first ad. In this salvo, Schreibman's campaign uses a variety of talking heads criticizing Gibson for votes on Medicare and claiming that they were to benefit wealthy people with tax breaks.

Highlighting the message of the ad, Schreibman campaign press secretary CJ Macklin said in a statement, “Congressman Gibson voted to end the guarantee of Medicare and to raise health costs for seniors by $6,400 per year, all so he could give bigger tax breaks to millionaires and line the pockets of his insurance industry campaign contributors."

The ad will run throughout the district.

Gibson was the first to fire his second shot, which can be seen below. Although it's not exactly a shot at Schreibman, as it repeats the positive theme of his first ad and tells a story that starts with his mom. The commercial, which will be broadcast in the district's four media markets, argues (with a variety of seniors) that Gibson won't let anything happen to Medicare benefits for seniors.

"Unlike our opponent and his allies, who must resort to false attacks and distortions to try and deceive voters, Chris Gibson can run on his record," Gibson campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Valle said in a statement. "[This] commercial is a marked contrast in tone compared to the other advertisements in the race."

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